Students who study AS level further maths must also complete the A level course in mathematics.
Maths - A level
The course provides pupils with the opportunity to further develop their knowledge and understanding of many of the topics taught at Key stages 3 and 4, as well as introducing several new topics which are exclusive to Key Stage 5. Several of these topics may be developed further at university level, meaning that the A level course provides excellent preparation for those pupils who wish to study a maths-based subject at university.
There are 3 strands to A level maths:
- Pure Maths, which focuses on the algebraic manipulation of expressions and equations, and graphs. This takes up the largest share, 67% of the course.
- Statistics, which focusses on the manipulation and presentation of data.
- Mechanics, which closely links with A level physics, where we look at models of displacement, velocity and acceleration as well as the forces which act upon an object.
The statistics and mechanics elements combine to make up the remaining 33% of the course.
Students are assessed entirely through examination at the end of the course and is assessed by 3 examinations:
- Pure Mathematics (2 x 2 hour examinations: 67%)
- Statistics and Mechanics (2 hour examination: 33%)
Further mathematics is a course designed to run in combination with our A level mathematics course for those who have a passion for the subject or to challenge and advance the most gifted students. The subject is very highly regarded and is excellent preparation for a science or maths-related degree at top universities.
The course consists of two units, one compulsory and one optional.
- Further Pure Mathematics (compulsory): complex numbers, numerical maths, differential equations and proof
- Decision (optional): Algorithms, graphs, linear programming and critical path analysis
- Further Mechanics (optional): Further study of kinematics, mass, statics, work, elastics, dynamics
- Further statistics (optional): Further probability distributions, sampling and regression.
Students are assessed entirely through examination at the end of Year 12 by two examinations. The nature of the course allows flexibility in the modules and there is no fixed route through the course. Modules to be taken are negotiated with students as to which are best suited to their needs and interests.
- Further Pure Mathematics (1x 1 hour 40 minutes examination: 50%)
- Further Mathematics option (1x 1 hour 40 minutes examination : 50%)
*options available: Further pure mathematics, further statistics, further mechanics, decision mathematics.